GLEN ALLEN, Va. (WRIC)—On Sunday Richmonders held a fundraiser to support a local infant who was born with Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy.
"This is Emmie, and she is just the most amazing little child," Rhett Beard said of his four-month-old daughter, Emily Anne. "The only time she cries is when she's hungry, really, or when she has a wet diaper. We just love her so much."
Little Emmie is already considered a miracle baby to her family.
"We almost lost her at one point; the doctors told us that we needed to make plans on her passing and all that kind of stuff," Beard said. "The following day after they told us that, she did a 180 and she was a totally different child."
Emmie has been tugging on the heartstrings of the community since she was born in June.
"She's very special," said Wendy Campbell, the owner of Victory Lady Fitness Center in Glen Allen, where Sunday's fundraiser was held.
Ever since she heard Emmie's story, Campbell wanted to help out.
"It just touched my heart to have a family struggle financially to pay the bills and pay for Emmie and just be kind of knocked to their knees that we just decided to pull together and help this little baby," she said.
Campbell has been collecting donations for the past three weeks, and held Family Fitness Day on Oct. 20 in Emmie's honor. She opened her gym—which is usually closed on Sundays—to the public for a $10 donation. Campbell says the response was overwhelming.
"You know we have people walking in with $100 bills, $300," Campbell said. "Someone donated $1,000; we have people that have baked goods to sell."
In all, Campbell estimates they raised $10,000, and Emmie's family says the support and prayers have helped out tremendously.
"I know that their support and all their prayers have made Emmie better," Beard said. "She's doing fantastic."
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